What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

The blog

The art of history writing is greatly underappreciated in this country. (Al Raposas)

On January 9, 2017, a new logo was adopted
coinciding with the blog's name change.
The two Baybayin characters stand for F and H.
The Filipino Historian (#FilipinoHistorian) is a history blog created by its author Al Raposas on December 15, 2012 to feature articles mainly focused on history. Thus, the description: Witnessing Philippine history and beyond. The debut article was published one day later. However, there had been an impasse from April 2013 until September 2014. This was 17 months wherein no new article was published. In the first two months of reviving this history blog, 20 new articles were posted. In the course of two months, the blog exceeded what has been achieved in the past two years. With the successful restoration of this history blog, it is fervently hoped that this would grow to become one of the more authoritative and more viewed among history blogs in the Philippines. To this day, under a new URL (history-ph), the blog also obtained a new name (from The Young Filipino Historian to Filipino Historian). On June 1, 2015, recognizing that it has been read in more than 35 countries outside the Philippines within a short period of three months, the history blog had adopted the title International. The description was also added with: History to the Philippines and the world.
In December 2017, Feedspot recognized the Filipino Historian
as the only history blog in the Top 100 blogs in the Philippines

As of December 31, 2017, the blog has exceeded 130,000 reads and 1,250,000 social media impressions. As the author's vision to reach a million people ("a million miracles") has been achieved sooner than expected, it was expanded to reach two million people (i.e., 2,000,000) by the end of 2018.

Blurbs for the blog:
Here are some (encouraging) statements on the blog from (supposedly) renowned people.

The author

"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." (Philippians 2:3)

Al Raposas is a Filipino Christian historian and writer. With interview invites from a number of media stations (DZUP 1602, DZRB 738, TV 5, UNTV 37, GMA 7, among others) since 2014, he is rapidly being known as the nation's "youngest historian", an unofficial title conferred by others that has earned both commendation and criticism.

Leadership and Management
In 2003, he was elected as a class officer for the first time, formally ushering a fairly notable record as a student leader. Prior to holding elective office, he served as a KAB (Kabataan Alay sa Bayan) Scout in the Boy Scouts of the Philippines from 2000. He was class vice president in 2006 and class president in 2007. In 2008, he joined the Historia Club, and this would begin a longtime membership culminating to his service as Information Officer in 2010, and President in 2011. As president, he undertook the arduous task of rebuilding a club greatly reduced in membership (from 60 to 1). During his term, the club grew from a single member to an organization of 17 members. His efforts helped the club gain the title of being "most active" in the entire school. Whereas clubs conduct one to two meetings a year, the Historia Club has made a record of nine to ten meetings within a single year. The intense training and development of new members caused a continued increase in membership even after his service. From 17 in 2011, the club has grew to 32 members in 2012, 62 in 2013, and more than 100 in 2014. Membership remains hovering around 90 to 100 as of 2017. This is within a school population averaging between 800 to 900. While as an individual he cannot claim any merit for the club's success, it can be said that the foundation laid by Raposas transformed the least of the clubs to one of the best. In the same year, he ran for president of the local Supreme Student Government (SSG) as an independent but lost heavily, gaining only 25% of the vote. Despite rumors of an election marred with alleged fraud and political patronage (until the day of the election, polls show him as high as 50%), he gracefully accepted the results of the election, and continued to help the student body even without formal position.

In 2013, he ran for councilor in the student council of University of the Philippines Diliman, again as an independent. He campaigned heavily on reforming and innovating student government and the electoral process by incorporating technology and participatory politics. In addition to this, he upheld transparency and accountability in student government, with himself setting the example. However, he once again lost, earning only 15% of the vote. While his political campaign was a failure, two of the three major political parties in the campus offered him a position in their slate for the following year. There were even offers for him to lead a new fourth party in the university, which he did not accept. Still, this is perhaps a testament to his defying the odds (polls showed him to have 5% at best, mainly due to his exclusion to the debates, becoming the only candidate who was not invited to and has not participated in debates in recent years). In the main, he remained to his independent convictions. Indeed, even if his name may have been long forgotten within the three years after his failed campaign, his political ideas remained relevant in the university. He remained active in public service whether or not he served an elective office, leading to a humble track record of fifteen years of public service: something that may be rare anywhere in the Philippines. His dedication to public service, nurtured during his student years, has continued to this day.

Despite being heavily involved in public service, he graduated with first honors (valedictorian) in four different schools from kindergarten to elementary, garnering scholarships along the way to continue his studies. In high school, he received the Marikina City Mayor's Excellence Award. Thereafter, he took a bachelor's degree in history, finishing as magna cum laude and class salutatorian, in the University of the Philippines. He is currently taking a master's degree in Public Administration at the same university.

Prior to his university days, he has already excelled in Earth Science, Natural Science, Social Science (Araling Panlipunan), Economics, and Music (then a separate subject from MAPEH). He was ranked 3rd in the division for the National Achievement Test (NAT) in 2010, gaining an average percentile of 99+, and 1st in Araling Panlipunan portion of the said test. Meanwhile, in the university, he has distinguished himself in Engineering Science, Spanish, Philosophy, Colonial History of the Philippines, Women's History, Social History, European History, Asian History, Philippine Institutions 100 (a.k.a. Rizal course), Military History, and History of Filipino Nationalism. He has also garnered the highest grade overall in a university-wide examination on the Philippine Constitution in 2015.

Besides fluency in Filipino and English, he has displayed basic knowledge in a number of languages, which includes Spanish (Español) and Japanese (Nihongo).

His athletic record is quite notable. His daily walking routine makes him cover at least seven (7) kilometers a day. He was able to finish the 100-meter dash in 9.83 seconds, perhaps making him the unofficial fastest person in the Philippines (the current Asian record is 9.91 seconds). His record in the 400-meter dash stands at 45 seconds (the current world record is 43.03 seconds). Meanwhile, his records in longer distances are not as good, with 8 minutes for a 2-kilometer race, and 43.8 minutes for a 10-kilometer race. Nevertheless, he is not particularly fond in participating in official events.

Writing and Drawing
His formal writing experience began on January 17, 2010, when he was [forced to] write the nine-part fan fiction Code Antony (#CA) as an alternative school project. The story line had put Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII within a 20th century time frame and an Asian setting. It was completed in two months, and was only published online. Code Antony was a smash hit among his batch, even causing some of his classmates to incorporate their alter egos in the narrative. From May 28 to June 23, 2011, he wrote his first work in Filipino: the superhero story Tinyente Tagalog (#T2). It was revised from August 11, 2011 to December 21, 2011, and then was finally published online on December 15, 2013. It was nominated in the Wattys in 2014, 2016, and 2017.

On September 25, 2011, he became a Wikipedia editor. To date, he has authored more than 330 pages, including 14 out of 137 governors general of the Philippines, and 7 out of 27 battles during the Philippine-American War. From 2015 to 2016, he served as an editor in the publication Sinag. He continues to contribute to the said publication as of 2018.

He also had interests in various fields. Among them are photography, volunteer work, game creation, and drawing comics. Coming from a socioeconomically poor family, he resorted to selling his own comics to make a few pesos for school allowance. Later on, nobody wanted to buy his comics anymore. Nevertheless, he continued making them, a passion that is paralleled only by his writing. It also emerged as a companion for his works, since he found it extremely difficult to find partner illustrators.

List of works
An incomplete list of Raposas' published and unpublished works.

Short stories: The Cane and The Ring (undated), Still Small Voice (2010), The Worst Love Story Of Our Generation (2013)

Novels: Code Antony (2010), Tinyente Tagalog (2011), Changing the Letters (2013), Special Friend X (2016), Run to the Sky (2017)

Poems: Para Sa Aliyang Nawala (2017), Nasaan Ka Aking Sinta (2017)

Songs: Hello, My Love (2011)

Comics: Kapitan (2003), Professor Magnet (2006), Angel (2006), Peasant Academy (2006), Centurion Marcus (2007), Thrombocyte: The Last Platelet (2007), EIA: Earth Invasion Army (2007), Gospel (2008), The Electron Regime (2008), Sepio: Ang Dakilang Magtataho (2009), Archiceres: Fanboy of Archimedes (2009), The Catastrophic Trio (2010), ProMoFun (2010), Lightning God In White Coat (2011), Ken Incident (2012), Codename: Playa Honda (2012), Alrajah (2012), The Cost (2013), Hindi Natutulog Ang Gabi (2013), El Gato Exilado: The Exiled Cat (2014), Mycota the Slasher (2014), Son of God (2016), Corporal 72 (2016), Diplomat: The One Lost In Time (2016), El Tulisan (2017)

Articles (outside this website):

His blogging career also began in 2010 with a personal blog which is now inactive. In its lifetime of some three years, the blog had garnered 10,000 page views. In his eagerness to write history for all the people throughout the nation and around the world, the Filipino Historian was created in 2012. While the author believes it to be too prudent in a way to claim oneself as a historian, since a historian is also a scholar, and usually requires graduate studies, it is apparently the only appropriate classification for him at this time. While the author has preferred to be known as a disciple or student of history, it is common knowledge that whoever is a disciple of history is a historian. For example, the same goes for a disciple of Jesus Christ, a Christian. Thus, the blog's name.

Connect with the author online: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | LinkedIn | Google Plus

Blurbs for the author:
Here are some (encouraging) statements on the author from (supposedly) renowned people.

  • You write well. (N. Teodoro)
  • You are a man of integrity. (A. Buenaagua)
  • A very well educated author. (V. Romero)
  • I believe you are someone special. (A. Almazan)
  • Here we go again. I know that already, so stop asking. (I. Pasco)
  • You seem like a nice person. (A. Pasco)
  • Glad to see someone being in charge. (P. S. Kim)
  • It'd be a gift to humanity if you just quit. (Nancy M.)
  • Brilliant. (G. Pilapil)
  • Universal! (B. Homan)
  • Aking nabatid ang kanyang marubdob na pagmamahal sa kasaysayan! (K. Esquejo)
  • Ang bata mo pa, may legacy ka na! Youngest historian on national TV? (P. Manuel)
  • Hindi nga?! (from a number of classmates of the author)
  • Ampanget! (from the author's parents)
  • Wala talaga akong feelings para sa'yo eh. (C. Miranda)
  • Pauso 'to. Seryoso? (B. Balaoing)
  • Wala ka naman palang kinikita d'yan! (from the author's churchmates)
  • Kung ako na lang binigyan mo ng flowers, sasagutin kita agad. (K. Rodriguez)
  • -smiles, moves hair behind the ear, looks away, looks back, repeats the process- (from a random girl the author met in public transport)
  • -leans head on my shoulder, sleeps- (from another random girl the author met in public transport)

Translated in 102 languages

"I am indeed relatable because I have become translatable." (Anonymous)

   By installing Google Translate in this history blog, the reader can now readily read the content in 102 other languages. The roster of languages include: Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarussian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kazakh, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Lao, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Maori, Mongolian, Nepali, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Sesotho, Sindhi, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Sundanese, Swahili, Swedish, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Xhosa, Yiddish, and Zulu. Filipino and Cebuano are also available, while Ilocano and Bicolano are under development. The Translate option can be seen at the sidebar of this blog. Enjoy reading the Filipino Historian.

Recent accomplishments

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
(Colossians 3:23)

  • Blogs ng Pinoy: (January 2015 - 3rd, April 2015 - 2nd, August 2018 - 4th)
  • Alexa: (June 2015 - upper 0.5% of live websites, November 2015 - upper 0.6%, August 2017 - upper 0.6%, October 2017 - upper 0.5%, December 2017 - upper 0.6%, February 2018 - upper 0.5%, March 2018 - upper 0.4%, April 2018 - upper 0.3%, May 2018 - upper 0.2%, June 2018 - upper 0.3%, July 2018 - upper 0.2%, August 2018 - upper 0.3%, October 2018 - upper 0.2%)
  • SimilarWeb: (August 2017 - upper 0.5%, October 2017 - upper 0.4%, November 2017 - upper 0.3%, December 2017 - upper 0.1%, May 2018 - upper 0.5%, June 2018 - upper 0.3%, July 2018 - upper 0.2%, August 2018 - upper 0.2%, September 2018 - upper 0.3%, October 2018 - upper 0.1%)
  • Blogtopsites: (September 2016 - 5th in local)
  • Top Blogs Philippines: (May 2017 - 5th, August 2017- 4th)
  • Top 100 Philippines Blogs (December 2017 [72], March 2018 [73], June 2018 [80] - only history blog listed)
  • Nominated, Bloggys 2015: The Philippine Blogging Awards (Society and Politics)
About About Reviewed by Al Raposas on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Rating: 5

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